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  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★½

    A fantastic performance from Adam Sandler from a director who knows his strengths. Ya love to see a comedy actor do dramatic work.

    The early career Jon Brion score is enchanting as well, and likely worth a listen even if you weren't watching the film. And of course, the staging and cinematography by Anderson and Robert Elswit made it so that the quiet moments can seamlessly become loud ones in an instant.

    Also, according to Wikipedia, this and There Will Be Blood had the same budget. Literally how.

  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man

    ★★★½

    Originally published here on 7/25/15: moviebuzzers.com/movie-review-ant-man/

    Much of the buzz surrounding Ant-Man these past few months has not been warm due to the departure of the film’s original director, Edgar Wright. His replacement, Peyton Reed, did not inspire much hope amongst fans either. (Reed is best known for Bring It On and Yes Man). Wright had been attached to Ant-Man since Marvel Studios announced the film in 2006, alongside Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. So after years of delays…

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  • Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W. Bush

    Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W. Bush

    ★★★½

    Before Vice, The Big Short, and Anchorman writer/director Adam McKay was most notable for his work as the head writer of Saturday Night Live. While there, he and Will Ferrell were responsible for Ferrell’s portrayal of George W. Bush, an iconic and star-making role. They took the Bush character to Broadway for a one man show. 

    I wanted to revisit the special for three reasons:
    1. I saw Vice.
    2. I hate the new SNL Trump stuff. 
    3. The recent…

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★½

    Extra half star because Brad Pitt rules and is a good dog owner.